Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 4, 2016

2016 WA Premier’s Book Award winners

The 2016 WA Premier’s Book Award winners were announced today.  I was delighted to see that Joan London won the fiction award for The Golden Age!

The winners were:

State Library of WA Western Australian HistoryRunning Out? Water in WA by Ruth A Morgan, UWA Publishing

Western Australian Emerging WriterLost and Found by Brooke Davis, published by Hatchett Australia, see Karenlee Thompson’s guest review

Fiction – The Golden Age by Joan London, published by Vintage, see my review and a Sensational Snippet

Non-fictionThis House of Grief by Helen Garner, Text Publishing

Poetry The Guardians by Lucy Dougan, published by Giramondo Poets, see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker (he reviewed the whole shortlist as well).

Scripts Dust by Suzie Miller

Digital Narrative Timelord Dreaming by David P. Reiter, Interactive Publications

Young AdultThe Protected by Claire Zorn, University of Queensland Press

Children’s The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King, published by Allen and Unwin

People’s Choice Award sponsored by The West Australian – Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson, Scribe Publications, see my review

The Premier’s PrizeThis House of Grief by Helen Garner, Text Publishing

Thanks to the State Library of WA for the press release, and congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers.


  1. It’s a shame it’s still not annual …


    • Yes. yes indeed. I mean, what on earth has WA done with all that mining money that it now can’t afford an annual lit award, eh? I was going to bang on about that, but I’ve been on my soapbox before…

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  2. In the deluge of publications today, these all seem rather dated?


    • Yes, well, that’s what happens when you only have a biennial award. It’s a pity…


      • Perhaps rather than seeing it as a pity we should be pleased that these books stay longer in the limelight .. it’s just, I suppose, that it means fewer books get to be in the limelight!!


        • I think it’s a pity. WA has been such a powerhouse in Australian writing, and they should celebrate and promote it.
          BTW Did you know that Amanda Curtin’s Elemental (*loved* that book!) is going into another printing with a different cover?


  3. Yes, agree re the biennial award and these books seeming dated … I’ve read the Davis and the Garner but seems yonks ago now. I’ve still to read London – tried to get my reading to do it but after a couple of tries I think I’ve missed that boat.

    Interesting that Garner’s non fiction won THE Premier’s Prize.


    • Oh well, you know how I feel about Garner’s choice of writing topics…


      • Yes, I do, but I still have to mention reading her when you mention her. You bring it on yourself!


  4. […] and Kate W (here) review Garner’s This House of Grief (2014) and Lisa at ANZLL has posts (here) on the recent WA Premier’s Awards, including Garner’s success with This House of Grief […]


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